Counselling Psychologist: Dr Jess Haskins (Walker)

Background

I am a Counselling Psychologist registered with HCPC (PYL36844) as a Practitioner Psychologist. I have worked therapeutically for over 15 years with all kinds of client groups. I work from an integrative, relational perspective.Jess Walker

This means I am trained in a number of different modalities, and will develop a therapeutic approach that meets your individual needs, with an underlying ethos of developing a positive relationship with you through which to effect change. Modalities I have experience in include:

  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Relational therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion focused therapy
  • Brief solution-focused therapy
  • Addictions therapy
  • Mindfulness

As well as working as a counselling psychologist, I am a freelance research consultant, a lecturer in Psychology for the Open University, and I provide training and clinical supervision to workplaces and individuals. Over the last 15 years I have worked in varied psychology and therapy roles including forensic psychology services, homelessness and complex needs (Second Step), addictions (with adults and young people, both residential and community based), NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services, SANEline (a mental health telephone support service), psychotherapy services with children in Mexico, and mentor services for early career researchers.

I am very interested in how the attachments we have formed in our early life may shape our future relationships, and how later positive attachments can help us find the strength to overcome problems.

This understanding informs the work I do with many clients. I also use many positive psychology strategies that can help us overcame shame, despair and difficulty. I see learning to be kind to the self as an important part of empowering change from within, and use many techniques that can help you with this.

Getting started

Healthy relationships can have a big impact on emotional wellbeing. I  therefore offer respect, warmth and empathy to help you build a trusting relationship with me, providing a safe space for you to work through your issues. I will work with you to decide on a course of action that we both feel will best help you make positive changes in whatever areas are most concerning you.

One of the most important factors in successful therapy is the relationship between the client and therapist, no matter which type of therapy they offer. Therefore it might help you to try out a few therapists first to see what suits you. I offer an initial session at a reduced rate of £35 for us to see
how we feel about working together, with no obligation to continue. Ongoing sessions are charged at £85.

The sessions

Sessions will differ depending on the mode of therapy we decide to use. We may work more in the here and now, or we may look at where issues have stemmed from in the past. I will be led by you and your needs.

As I am trained in a variety of modes, I am able to use a range of techniques tailored to your specific needs. Whatever we do together, we will go at your pace. It can take time to feel safe enough to let someone in, so I don’t expect you to tell me everything straight away! We will work together – you are the expert in your experience, and I will be there to facilitate you in understanding yourself better so that you can live a more fulfilling, less stressful life. I understand that talking about your issues can feel quite challenging at times.

Sometimes you will feel enlightened after sessions. Other times you may feel a little exhausted. This is completely normal and all part of the process of change.

Contact and further information

www.jesswalkercounsellingpsychology.com

southbristolcp@gmail.com

07444 686246

Relational Therapist: Jo Jasmine

Relational Therapist: Jo JasmineI am a dedicated and compassionate relational therapist with over 10 years experience working within different organisational settings including the NHS, charity and educational sectors.  Many people experience social, emotional or psychological difficulties at some stage in their life which can be very challenging – talking to a professional like me can help you to make sense of your experiences, emotions and feelings and find a way to move forward and develop insight, awareness, healing and growth.

My initial training and primary therapeutic approach is best described as ‘relational integrative’, my priority is in creating a safe therapeutic space so you can explore aspects of your life that are challenging in an environment of trust, collaboration and respect. I am interested in how the self is impacted by early relational experiences and how these shape your identity, values, beliefs and patterns of behaviour. I believe we all have the capacity to change and transcend difficult experiences and will support you in discovering a more authentic and integrated self.

I have a special interest in working with trauma and issues relating to child sexual abuse, rape and domestic abuse including narcissistic abuse and coercive control. I have a research background in this area and currently run a sexual assault counselling service within the NHS and have a wealth of experience in working with this client group.

As well as the above I also have a qualification in High Intensity Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. CBT is an evidence based approach recommended in the NICE guidelines as the preferred psychological treatment for depression and anxiety disorders including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I also have some knowledge and training in ‘3rd wave’ cognitive approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Compassion Focussed Therapy.  Most clients are unsure which type of therapy is right for them, together we can explore what will best suit you as an individual and tailor interventions to help you to achieve your personal goals for therapy.

I offer short-term and long-term face to face counselling/therapy to males and females aged 16 and over. I offer an initial consultation for £25 and sessions are £50.  Each session lasts for 50 minutes.

Contact

Contact by phone: 07539 430638 or email: jasminecounsellingandcbt@gmail.com

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist: Hannah Lehrain

Background

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist: Hannah LehrainHannah is Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 10 years’ experience working in both secondary and primary care mental health services. Hannah has been working with clients using a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach since 2011. Alongside her private practice Hannah also works for a primary care NHS service offering CBT for adults with anxiety and depression.

Hannah is fully accredited with the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP) demonstrating that she has met the minimum training standards required to provide a high standard of CBT under regular supervision. This also reflects her commitment to abide by the standards of conduct, performance and ethics as set by the BABCP and to access regular continued professional development.

Areas of Specialist Experience

Hannah works with adults suffering with a range of problems including:

  • Body Dysmorphia Disorder
  • Depression
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (excessive worry), Health Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Social Anxiety, Stress

Hannah has a particular interest in working with both perinatal women and survivors of trauma. She has worked with single incident traumas such as sexual assault, traumatic births and road traffic accidents. She also has experience of working with multiple/complex trauma in refugee and asylum seeker populations and victims of childhood abuse.

Therapeutic Approach

Hannah primarily uses her expertise in CBT but also draws on elements of Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy to help clients to draw on knowledge of themselves so that together they can develop a shared understanding of what is keeping the problem going.

Hannah is currently completing training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), an evidenced based treatment for moderate-severe depression. IPT focuses on the interaction between depression symptoms and our relationships. IPT is particularly useful when depression is related to conflict with another person. When there is a life change that results in loss or change in how you see yourself and others. When you are finding it difficult to adjust to life after the death or loss of a significant person in your life. When there is a difficulty in starting and keeping relationships going.

Hannah’s approach is empathic and warmth whilst incorporating a sense of realism and professionalism that supports clients to explore new ways of thinking and behaving that will reduce distress and get the most from their therapy goals.

Contact:

 Email: CBTWestUK@gmail.com

Telephone: 07725 357 730

Website: www.hannahlehrain.com